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Mobile Shops selling food must comply with the requirements set out in the Food Hygiene Regulations 1974 and need to have staff trained in food hygiene.

Mobile Shops

Mobile Shops selling food must comply with the requirements set out in the Food Hygiene Regulations 1974 and need to have staff trained in food hygiene.

 A Hawker is a trader who can carry their wares without the need of a vehicle or stall. A licence is required. A licence fee is also payable. Contact your Environmental Health Officer for further information and details about where you are able to operate.

All food services (including pre-packaged) at an event must be registered operators. They could either be a registered mobile shop which enables them to be completely self-contained or registered as a food premises (at another location) and are catering at an event. The only exception is when a non-profit making organisation sets up an occasional food stall for fundraising.

Types of Registration:

Any operation involved in the preparation and sale of food at the event MUST HAVE one of the following:-

  1. A current certificate of registration under the Food Hygiene Regulations 1974, with any territorial local authority.
  2. A food safety programme, food control plan or risk management plan for the operation, given by the New Zealand Food Safety Authority.

If a stall holder has one of the above, provide all of their details on the spreadsheet provided. Any other groups wishing to have a food stall (e.g. fundraising cake stall or BBQ) must complete the ‘Application to Operate a Food Stall at an Event’ form.


All mobile food vendors residing in the Central Hawke's Bay District must be registered by the council and must comply with the relevant regulations and bylaws. You can apply for a Licence to Trade in a Public Place here.

The following outlines the standard requirements to gain Registration.

An inspection of the mobile shop can be arranged with the Environmental Health Officer at your request, to check compliance with these requirements and to discuss other relevant Food Hygiene Requirements.

The basic requirements are:

  • The mobile shop should be well constructed and maintained in a good state of repair.
  • Ensure there is a separate sink and hand basin in the mobile shop that are operating properly. These should have a tempered supply of hot, and cold running water (at least 40 litres). All waste water must be collected in suitable storage tanks of sufficient capacity.
  • Lighting is required of sufficient intensity to enable effective inspection and cleaning of the mobile shop.
  • Adequate ventilation is necessary to maintain comfortable working conditions. A forced extraction system may also be required.
  • Ensure all wall, ceiling and other surfaces are yielded smooth, impervious and easily cleanable in all parts of the process, preparation and service areas.
  • Ensure the floor surface is smooth impervious and is an easily cleanable surface. It should be covered up the wall to a height of 75mm.
  • Ensure wash-hand basins are clearly designated with a sign and are equipped with liquid soap, a nailbrush and a supply of disposable paper towels.
  • Provide a first aid kit in a dustproof container clearly marked "FIRST AID".
  • Provide sufficient air tight containers for storage of all dry goods or other ingredients used.
  • At least one member of staff must hold a current Food Handling Certificate.
  • Provide adequate refrigeration and/or hot hold equipment for all displayed and stored food. All readily perishable foods (products containing cream, meat, or similar) must be displayed and stored within a temperature of 0-4°c, and hot foods stored in Hot Holding Equipment operating at over 65°c. All readily perishable food MUST BE STORED COLD (0-4°c) OR HOT (over 65°c), not at room temperature.
  • All pre-packed or pre-prepared food must come from a Registered premise.
  • The vehicle must have a current WOF and any gas or electrical installation on any vehicle must be professionally installed and certified by an authorised gas/electrical authority. Standards Association of NZ has guidelines/codes of practice for LPG use which may assist.
  1. Trading may not be carried out within Business Zone 1 (Waipukurau and Waipawa) as defined in the District Plan.
  2. No stand-alone mobile shop, stall or hawker shall be permitted to operate within 200 meters of the nearest fixed premises selling the same or like products.
  3. No stand-alone mobile shop, stall or hawker shall be permitted to operate out of a council owned park, reserve or off road car park.
  4. General hours of operation should fall between 9.00am to 6.00pm, 7 day per week.
  5. Signage for the mobile shop shall comply as per the requirements of the District Plan.

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